Why I DO NOT agree with Europe’s “Right To Be Forgotten” Policies
European countries often have a lot of great things going for it such as Universal Health Care and the Metric System however there is one policy that was recently been enacted that I cannot get behind, Europe’s “Right To Br Forgotten”.
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This policy essentially allows an individual to selectively or completely erase their online identity including content on third party websites and search engines after filing a bit of paperwork. Within weeks, your online collection of planking photos taken in 2005 and other content using your name or image could be removed allowing you to re-start your life. However if enforced, this policy would essentially force website owners and search engines to remove potentially truthful and important information about a person such as online reviews or complaints that you would likely want to hide.
Personally, I have several objections to the “Right To Be Forgotten” policies it is essentially state sponsored censorship and I personally despise the concepts of censorship in any form. The European Right To Be Forgotten policies clearly overstep their boundaries and are ripe for abuse.